The family of Diamond Ross says she was treated less than human by Dallas police as she was dying while in their custody last August.
Recently released body-cam footage shows how Ross begged for help as police seem to ignore her pleas.
“Water. I need some water,” Ross said.
Ross was arrested in August of 2018 when Dallas police were responding to a domestic disturbance call. Police said Ross, who was high on PCP at the time, fought with them when they arrived at the scene.
The video shows Ross telling the officers she was having trouble breathing while she was handcuffed in the back of a police car.
“I can’t breathe,” Ross said.
Dallas Fire-Rescue checked and treated her at the scene, but despite her appearing to be unresponsive, they told police it was OK to take her to jail.
Ross was arrested for outstanding warrants, according to police.
Video obtained by WFAA then shows how Ross was treated at the City of Dallas Detention Center.
When the police vehicle holding Ross pulls into the lot, she is taken out of the back seat and left on the pavement.
Officers then pick Ross up and carry her into the jail. Ross appears to be unresponsive during this time in the video.
She is then dragged into the jail cell and left there. Police don’t attempt to give Ross any form of medical treatment.
“Nobody should be treated like that, nobody,” said Diamond’s mother Ethelyn Ross.
Ross is then put into a wheelchair and officers walk off.
“You see the way they just plopped her down in that chair. That’s disrespectful,” Kia-Tenai Thomas said about the treatment of her aunt.
At the 12-minute mark on the video, paramedics arrive to help and attempt to give Ross CPR.
Ross was taken to Baylor Hospital, where she was declared dead the next day. Her death was ruled an accidental overdose.
“I was crushed. My heart was crushed,” Ethelyn Ross said.
The officers involved knew there was something wrong. WFAA obtained video from inside the squad car that shows Sr. Cpl. Larry Moody talking to supervisors.
“I think her last heartbeat was when we got her out of the car,” Moody said.
According to officials, Moody only receive a written reprimand for his actions. Another officer took a job with another police department while under investigation.
The Dallas police command staff has known the videos existed for months, yet never released the tapes until WFAA filed the requests and pushed for their release.